Friends of the Smokies

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park assists the National Park Service in its mission to preserve and protect Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.

Smokies License Plates

Friends of the Smokies license plates in Tennessee and North Carolina drive improvements all across Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Find out how to get your very own.

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Latest News


January 16, 2018

Park Announces Frontcountry Camping Fee Increase

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced a fee increase for frontcounty campgrounds and picnic pavilions effective March 1, 2018. Over the past year, officials reviewed public comments, operating costs, and projected budget levels to determine the rate increases which…

Upcoming Events


February 13, 2018

Blue Ghost’s 2018 WNC Natural History Series

Blue Ghost Brewing Company is excited to announce The 2018 WNC Natural History Educational Series will occur on the second Tuesday of each month, January-April, beginning at 7PM. 10% of sales these nights will go to the partnering non-profit organizations….